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The Eagles (2-1) are on the road to face the Titans (2-1) at Nissan Stadium in Nashville at 1 p.m. on Sunday. 

Carson Wentz will play in his second game this season as the Eagles start to get a little healthier. 

Everyone picked the Eagles last week. Everyone was right. 

Reuben Frank (2-1)
The Eagles are seeing firsthand what it means to have that Super Bowl bullseye on their back. They’re getting every team’s best, and that’s going to be the reality all year. Teams are just going to get extra stoked to face the defending champs, and that helps explain why a Tampa Bay team that was 5-11 last year and hasn’t made the playoffs in a decade jumped all over the Eagles a couple weeks ago and why a Colts team that was 4-12 last year and hasn’t had a winning record since 2014 playing with a quarterback coming off a shoulder surgery gave the Eagles everything they could handle last week. There aren’t going to be many — if any — blowouts this year, and this game in Nashville is a scary one because the Titans are playing exceptionally well on defense, allowing just five TDs in three games, and they’ve got the sort of mobile quarterback that seems to give the Eagles fits. The Eagles are still getting pieces back on offense and haven’t been a great defense on the road. I feel like later in the year this is the sort of game the Eagles will win, but it seems like they’re still in the process of finding themselves. 

 

Titans 19, Eagles 17

Dave Zangaro (1-2)
I was tempted to take the Titans in this game. It feels like a typical trap game against a team that has a really good defense and a mobile quarterback. But the Titans just can’t score. They don’t have the offense to put points on the board. While it won’t be easy against Tennessee’s really good defense, if the Eagles get over 20 points, they win this game. It’s a race to 20. And with Wentz in his second game back and assuming Alshon Jeffery is on the field, the Eagles can put up 20. 

Eagles 23, Titans 16

Derrick Gunn (2-1)
Alshon Jeffery’s return should give the Eagles a boost in their vertical passing game. With Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles hobbled by injuries, Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams may split the carries again. As I reported, safety Rodney McLeod had surgery on his torn MCL on Thursday and his season is over. A big blow to the back end of the Birds' defense. 

Opponents are just 4 for 12 vs. the Eagles’ D in the red zone. The Titans’ offense is almost as bland as the Colts’ O. QB Marcus Mariota has elbow issues and it could affect his ability to go down the field to his favorite target, WR Corey Davis. The Titans are averaging 122 yards per game rushing and will try to pound away at the Eagles’ defensive front, which is giving up only 61.7 rushing yards per game. Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis will present an interesting test. The Titans pulled off an impressive, low-scoring, hard-fought win at Jacksonville. The Eagles’ three games so far have been determined by a grand total of 16 points. This could be another one of those ugly, low-scoring affairs. But an ugly win is still a beautiful thing. 

Eagles 15, Titans 10

Ray Didinger (2-1)
The Eagles are now learning the harsh reality of being the defending Super Bowl champions, that is, you are the team in the bull's eye. Every team on the schedule wants to bring you down. As a result, you never have an easy game. 

Remember last season? The Eagles had a stretch where they didn't play a close game in more than a month. It was a joy ride, one laugher after another. It won't be that way this year judging by what we've seen in the first three weeks, and I think Sunday's game in Tennessee will be more of the same.

The Titans don't score much (the offense has just two touchdowns in three games), but they only needed nine points to upset Jacksonville on the road last week. I see a tight, low-scoring game but Carson Wentz will make just enough plays to get the victory.

 

Eagles 20, Titans 16

Andrew Kulp (2-1)
This game is somewhat worrisome. Alshon Jeffery and Jay Ajayi return, which will no doubt help an offense that has struggled to hit big plays, but both players are likely limited to some extent. And the Eagles’ defense simply hasn't looked the same on the road, surrendering no fewer than 24 points in its last five away games, including the Super Bowl, with an average of 29.6 points per game.

I'll be surprised if the Titans can eclipse 24 points. They'll stay committed to the ground attack, which plays right into the Eagles' strengths on defense. A low-scoring affair (by recent standards) means if Ajayi and Jeffery each hit at least one big one, that could be enough to swing the outcome. That may turn out to be the difference. 

Eagles 23, Titans 21

Corey Seidman (1-2) 
The Titans are not a good offense. Derrick Henry hasn’t been able to find any momentum thus far in his NFL career. We’ve only seen glimpses of Marcus Mariota being a top-15 QB.

The Eagles should dispose of the Titans as Carson Wentz continues to shake off rust. This defense has been so consistently awesome inside the red zone that it’s tough to foresee a depleted Titans offense with few weapons piling up points.

Eagles 31, Titans 13

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